Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
  B-25C-1 Mitchell Serial Number 41-13091  
USAAF
5th AF
3rd BG
90th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Alfred P. Crosswhite, USAAF O-789797 (KIA / BR)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. William R. Werden, USAAF O-797889 (KIA / BR)
Bombardier  S/Sgt Waythe Van Hoy, USAAF 18102538 (KIA / BR)
Radio Operator  Sgt Joseph A. Paradiso, USAAF 11024488 (KIA / BR)
Gunner  S/Sgt Thomas O. Evers, USAAF 39680590 (KIA / BR) CO
Crew Chief  S/Sgt Orville E. Luallen, USAAF 38032713 (KIA / BR)
Engineer  Sgt Henry Nerone, Jr, USAAF 11011605 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  2nd Lt. Jarvis E. Bishop, USAAF O-649015 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  S/Sgt Gardner F. Galeucia, USAAF 11024367 (KIA / BR)
Passenger  Cpl Albert W. Niedzwicki, USAAF 33001257 (KIA / BR) Baltimore, MD
Passenger  T/Sgt Albert L. Rowley, USAAF 6968484 (KIA / BR)

Crashed  December 15, 1942
MACR  16497

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Ingelwood, California. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 3rd Bombardment Group, 90th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On December 15, 1942 one of five B-25s from the 3rd Bomb Group that took off from Port Moresby on a flight bound for Charters Towers. Somewhere near Cooktown, this B-25 separated from the main group and was last seen heading towards the mountains and crashed.

Recovery of Remains
On November 3, 1943 an American recovery team visited the crash site and recovered the remains of the crew.

According to the Missing Aircrew Report (MACR):
"Five bodies recovered 3 November 1943 approximately 40 miles west of Cardwell, Queensland, had been definitely identified as the remains of Crosswhite, Evers, Galeucia, Luallen and Vanhoy.”

During July 16-18, 1945 the remains of the above five crew members were buried at the U. S. Cemetery at Ipswich.

Wreckage
Crashed near Cooktown. The crash site was visited on November 3, 1943 and the remains of the crew were recovered. Today, someone has removed the wreckage piece by piece and it now sits on a property just north of Kennedy. The original landowners were extremely angry the wreckage had been removed.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, the entire crew was permanently buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at section 79 site 361-361B.

Crosswhite also has a memorial marker at East Hill Cemetery in Bristol, TN.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 16497 (MACR 16497)
Australia @ War - Crash of a B-25 Mitchell on 15 December 1942

FindAGrave - Alfred P Crosswhite (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Alfred Parks Crosswhite (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - William R Werden, Jr (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Waythe Van Hoy (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Joseph A Paradiso (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Thomas Orland Evers (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Orville E Luallen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Henry Nerone, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Jarvis E Bishop (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Gardner F Galeucia (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Albert W Niedzwicki (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Albert Lee Rowley (group burial photo)
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-25
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram